Next step in Russia-gate probe: A meeting between Comey and Mueller

Sometime soon the abruptly fired man who first announced that the FBI was investigating whether Donald Trump’s campaign cooperated in Russian interference in the 2016 election will meet with the man who now runs that investigation.


They won’t need much in the way of introductions.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump May 9, and special counsel Robert Mueller, who was named May 17 to run the Russia probe, have pursued careers so intertwined over the past two decades that one former government official familiar with the investigation called Mueller’s appointment “Rosenstein’s revenge,” for the man who made the appointment, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Mueller without consulting the White House, Justice (Department) or Congress was clearly Rosenstein’s revenge against the use of his memo as justification for firing Comey, whom he deeply respects,” said the former official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic.

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